Following on from Kildare’s victory over Tyrone in the League final last Sunday, Kieran McGeeney will be pleased further with the progress of star midfielder, Dermot Earley.
Dermot Earley has been out of action for his county side since the summer of 2010. He suffered a cruciate knee injury then and a further setback early in 2011 suggested his days playing intercounty football may be numbered. A second knee operation was required and at the time, Earley was optimistic about his return. “Hopefully that will be the end of operations and I can enjoy six months of rehab. We will see what happens in January and hopefully give it a go again. That’s the plan,” he said. “It’s a more straight forward one (operation) than the one I had last October and hopefully this will fix it for once and for all.”
However, he is now back in training and played the full game with Kildare on Wednesday night against Tipperary in Newbridge in a junior challenge match. He lined out at midfield before moving to full forward for the final twenty minutes. Physically he looked in great shape and even managed to kick two great points in the opening half before tiring in the second. In a good tough game of football, Kildare emerged victorious on a score line of 1-10 to 1-8, but it is the performance of Dermot Earley that will please those within the Kildare camp.
Kildare kick off their Leinster championship on the 17th of June against Offaly in Portlaoise and the signs are positive that Dermot Earley will be available to play a part in their quest for All Ireland glory.